Factory performance parts just don't do anything for me. $800 for an exhaust, $370 for a lip spoiler, $230 for a front strut-tower brace, are you kidding me? As an aftermarket parts junkie myself, I can appreciate the great sound of a boxer engine with a free-flow exhaust as much as anybody. But you can almost duplicate the same sound and power people are raving about here by going to any muffler shop and having one of the middle mufflers taken out and replaced with a straight pipe for about $50.
With over $2000 in Subaru performance parts added on (not including installation), this WRX is shockingly priced only $2200 shy of a base STI, which comes standard with everything you're trying to achieve: more power, and better handling, plus more.
With a base price of $30,690, I feel the WRX is overpriced for its intended audience. If I were going to buy this vehicle, I would save up a little extra dough and get an STI.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator